" We had a rotten party line. It was awful.'My dad worked for the phone company. So we had a 'private line' although there were lots of private lines still around but they were fading fast in the 1950s in suburbia..... "I am a year older than Trini....I remember 10¢ movie matinees....and the world news to begin with, most of about "the war.""Well.....there wasn't much about the Korean War (they didn't even call it a war but a police action)..that I remember.....we only got to the movies a few times a year - it was 5 miles away....and we just did other things like go ice skating or hiking or on a picnic on weekends. And it was way too far to walk from our house in 'new suburbia'....like five or 8 miles each way to the movie theater. Come to think of it there wasn't anything around but more houses and houses. My elementary school was 0.6 miles away....after the first few years when mom took us there in the car, I rode a bike for the next 10 years...till last years in high school when I got a ride in a neighbors car pool..... "I remember Sunday nights listening to Jack Benny, Fibber Mcgee and Molly, Edgar Bergman and after school...The Shadow and the Lone Ranger. "Well, that puts you a decade back.....I think the first TV I saw was when I was five or six. My grandparents had a 5 inch one with a magnifier so more than 2 could watch. It was a year or two later that my parents got one..... Never listened to radio programs....other than rock and roll starting in mid 50s....."We were one of the first in Larchmont to get a TV....the screen was tiny in a huge cabinet. My mother hated it! But my father loved to watch wrestling until he learned sometime later that it was all fixed. We watched Howdy Doody after school"Yep, Howdy Doody and Clarabell and the Peanut Gallery.....and the Saturday morning cartoons if we were home. Often gone on weekends....for two reasons..parents liked outdoors and my dad was often 'called in' if he was 'available' on weekends for extra work. About 1 in 6t weeks he was 'in charge' of any emergencies ....the other five weeks he made himself scarce....we had a summer place....and rule #1 was 'there won't be a phone'. Peace and quiet and he couldn't be reached on his days off. Yeah...the 'boomers' had a decent time to grow up...... if you leave out the Korean War, the Vietnam War.....and the diversion of the hippies and hallucinogenic drugs.....where some never came back...literally and figuratively...Would I want to grow up today? I guess I'd turn out OK...but there's a lot more craziness out there. I don't think kids appreciate what they have.....well, many......but I'm not walking in their shoes...t.
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